Japanese Fukushima Nuclear Plant to Release Contaminated Water in 2022

Maybe they hope we’ll forget by then?

Fukushima is the site of the infamous nuclear plant that was damaged by a tsunami in 2011. The cooling pools were damaged, as were the nuclear rods, which led the structures to melt down. To stop the meltdown from continuing, the authorities decided to use seawater to cool the rods, which only works for a short period of time before the newly-contaminated seawater must be replaced.

So what do you do with the radioactive seawater?

They’ve been storing it in above-ground tanks on site. They have about one thousand of the tanks, with over one million tons of water in storage, and are running out of space. Over the years they have been filtering the water, but it can only take so much radiation out. Now they plan to mix the radioactive water with regular seawater and then release it into the Pacific Ocean in 2022, after the Olympics.

What’s the worst that could happen?

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  1. HopefulOne


  2. warren

    Use evaporation (in a closed system) process to separate the water (with Tritium) from the sold and dissolved wastes- Gel the the solid waste and put the gelled drums in high level Long Term Storage. The gasses released would be compressed and held in tanks for “decay time” and then dilution released into the atmosphere. The remaining Tritium contaminated water could be stored for 60 years (5 half lives of the Tritium) , could use electrolysis to separate the Tritium from the water. release the O2 and compress and hold the Hydrogen (with the Tritium) for decay , or go with the very dilute Tritium release into the ocean. Major efforts should be made to stop additional clean water from becoming contaminated. The cleaned and cooled contaminated water should be what is used for cooling the damaged plant.

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